Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths.
Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret—behind the mirage of the "death farm" there is instead a place called Artime.
In Artime, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it's a wondrous transformation.
But it's a rare, unique occurence for twins to be separated between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron's bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.
The story follows a boy named Alex who is considered an Unwanted by even his own family and sent to meet his death. He ends up in a magical place called Artime where he is wanted and accepted.
This book is one Magical adventure! And this magical adventure is full of things like a talking winged cheetah statue, a talking wolf Gunnar and even Clive Alex's talking board just to name a few. There are many other colorful and magical characters along the way. It is a journey to self acceptance. It is a great adventure for middle age children and even High school age. The characters are easy to associate with and very likable. The storyline is solid and magical. The narrator is Simon Jones who does a remarkable job taking you through this magical world. His accent gives it just the twist it needs to make it actually seem real. This is a story that would make a great Christmas present for the age when your awkward age that your not quite sure what to get . Its great for adults too!
Publisher- Simon & Schuster audio
Review Rating: 5 STARS!